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Vegan alternatives to steak and beef become a reality

As the barbecue season starts to heat up and the debate continues around the environmental cost of producing intensively reared red meat, two food research companies have recently launched completely vegan alternatives to minced beef and steak. Dutch company Vivera is distributing 100 per cent...

Nottingham University gains new state-of-the-art dairy research centre

AFTP partner, the University of Nottingham, has opened a new Centre for Dairy Science Innovation at its Sutton Bonington campus. The state-of-the-art extension to the University’s dairy facilities offers the latest research technologies for studying a range of dairy-related topics including...

Diary from Dominica

#CocoaProject In September 2017, 'Hurricane Maria', a category 5 level storm and the deadliest of last year's hyperactive Atlantic hurricane season, struck the Caribbean island of Dominica. With maximum sustained wind speeds of 165mph, the hurricane caused total devastation to the country's...

Institute for Space Systems EDEN plant cultivation technologies project - how will it affect life on earth?

The EDEN ISS research project in Antarctica is designed to help astronauts grow food in space and on other planets. It has produced its first crop: 3.6kg of lettuce, 70 radishes and 18 cucumbers. But will the new technologies the project aims to develop be useful on Earth? Evolution and Design of...

Blockchain and global food production

Blockchains are being heralded as ‘the next big thing’ in emerging technology, but what are they, and why do we need to know? What is a blockchain? Blockchains are effectively ledgers, recording multiple transactions across an industry in a way that can’t be changed. “A blockchain is a...

AFTP Annual Conference 2018 Updates

AFTP Conference 2018 – Addressing the UK Industrial Strategy and Environment Plan The 2018 AFTP conference will be held on 3rd July at Burlington House, London. The conference offers a timely look at the UK Industrial Strategy and Environment Plan and developments in the agrifood sector. The...

Going plastic free

April 22nd 2018 is Earth Day and this year the theme of the day is ‘ending plastic pollution’ This article explores an individual journey to try and achieve a plastic free existence and is written by Jess Padley who began her plastic free lifestyle in June 2017 and is working to apply it to all...

Salt reduction initiatives remain relevant

By Professor Ian Fisk, Professor of Flavour Chemistry, and Deborah Kendale, AgriFood Training Partnership. The introduction of the ‘Sugar Tax’ on soft drinks may have distracted public attention away from salt, but salt reduction initiatives are still required to reduce the amount consumed in the...

Healthy eating advice may lead to unintended consequences

By Tim Hess, Professor of Water and Food Systems at the Cranfield Water Science Institute, Cranfield University and Dr Chloe Sutcliffe, Research Fellow in Water and Food System Resilience, Cranfield University. The Global Food Security Programme has been established to fund research that will...

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